Local Artist Dedicates Statue to Veterans

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John Barker (left) stands with local artist Brandon Crandall and Crandall’s sculpture “The Purple Heart” in the Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitors Center. The statue was dedicated as part of the 2011 Veterans Day ceremony that took place Nov. 11 and will be located permanently at the Towne Museum. Barker was in attendance to pay tribute to his brother Jedh Barker, a former University student who lost his life during the Vietnam War. For his heroic actions, Jedh Barker posthumously received the Medal of Honor, the only Truman student ever to receive the award.